The grandson of Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio and his college classmate were reported killed in the city of Barquisimeto, Venezuela.

Nelson Luis Aparicio Leon, 23, and Juan Eduardo Cordero Lozada, 25, were found shot to death inside an Aveo jeep in the sector of El Malecon.

According to, police are initially treating the case as a murder for hire, although the Venezuelan Web site's report also includes speculation that it could have been an attempted kidnapping or robbery.

Aparicio Leon is the second relative of a famous baseball player to be murdered in the last week in Venezuela. On Dec. 1, the brother of Chicago Cubs catcher Henry Blanco was found shot to death in the state of Miranda, in a case local police have treated as a kidnapping.